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The trust center: essential for digital signatures
The system of digital signatures cannot function without trust centers. The system requires an authority that generates the key pair for the signature card in a secure environment. Specifically, this involves assigning an individual to a key pair, and certifying this fact to other parties.
A certification authority is responsible for certifying the assignment of an individual to a key. The system of digital signatures relies on the existence of authorities that can perform the mandatory assignment of a key pair to an individual. Without the added security of such a system, users of electronic communications lack mutual trust and can never be sure of a given third party's identity or of the integrity of any data they receive. In a system based on digital signatures, the job of creating trust between the parties to electronic communications falls to the trust centers.
A trust center's task as a certification authority entails confirming that a given public key belongs to the owner of a specific key pair. To establish this ownership, trust centers obtain reliable proof of identity from their customers. A trust center will not issue a customer with a signature card and certificates until it has established the customer's identity beyond all doubt.